C&D Zodiac Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
70 Reviews
2.7
70 Reviews
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Jude Dozor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are leaving a few every month to go work for the old owner of C&D, I say good bye (in 5 reviews)

  • A great place if you're a recent grad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management is typically promoted based on who they know, not what they know (in 7 reviews)

  • cliquish, low pay, no advancement, nepotism and plagiarism (in 5 reviews)

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    Stockroom Clerk Expeditor

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    Former Employee - Stockroom in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Stockroom in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of Hours. Great People

    Cons

    Leadership. Pay. Disorganized. Not looking after their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice job, very interesting hands-on projects
    Small environment so you get to interact with various engineering teams

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay, no relocation coverage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    C&D Zodiac

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. CATIA experience is valuable. FAA regulations are thorough, good practice for an engineer. Fun team building activities. If you went to CMU, UCSB, UCLA, you'll be hired on the spot, get a couple years experience as an engineer on your resume, and start applying elsewhere.

    Cons

    This company was sold in 2005 and has been in autopilot ever since. The upper management are riding out their careers until retirement, and all other positions are being standardized for ease of employee training and replacement. The new owners have profit goals which don't take into account the current marketplace/workplace. Profits are kept high by reducing costs, including freezing employee salary. This results in high turnover. Employees hired after 2005 rarely stay longer than 1-5 years. The older employees are stuck, but when they finally retire there will be no one to train the new hires. Zodiac will attempt to move all non-executive positions overseas before this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of Zodiac's profit to invest back into the company. Higher pay would increase retention. More employees would result in deadlines met, and more time spent on opportunities for improvement. Promotion based on friendship over achievement is bad for moral. Reward overtime. Allow more position change requests. Get more involved with the programs. More accurate bonus assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Mixed feeling

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    ZEO and Design full of new graduates.
    Good to earn experience for young people.
    Software are up to date: CATIA v5, AutoCAD...

    Cons

    Salary are low and increases do not happen often.
    Hourly wage is low but extra hours are high for hourly employee.
    Lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire when needed, do not exert your own employee for a meager salary of they will leave
    Further communication between departments is needed

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intense, unrelenting pressure results in long hours, cut corners, and inadequate design quality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Hero" employees with sense of ownership can accomplish incredible amounts of work. Can do attitude exists. Organization is expert at fire fighting and extremely agile.

    Cons

    Reliance on personality over process. Lacking subject matter experts to mentor and train junior staff. Management places schedule over product design quality. Designs regularly released with virtually no actual review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the long term it is better to lead with a carrot than with a stick. Repeating the same behavior produces the same results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I learned a lot in Aircraft Interiors for Business/Regional Jets

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast, Flexible and Friendly. Quality and on-time delivery

    Cons

    None, same as other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good startup company to work with for freshers
    - Company allows us to make mistakes and learn from it
    - Family based work environment

    Cons

    - Less salary compared to smiliar companies around
    - Poor orgranization structure creates less chances promotions
    - Poor personal development guidance
    - Company benifits are OK
    - Lack of guidance from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Establish frequent one to one conversion with employee and help him/her with directing with their personal development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    hard word low pay and advancement

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Orange, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    a job in tough economy

    Cons

    cliquish, low pay, no advancement, nepotism and plagiarism. constant threats to employment, very hostile in many facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dream on unless you kiss up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good intro to the aerospace introduction

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    Current Employee - Cabin and Structures in Marysville, WA
    Current Employee - Cabin and Structures in Marysville, WA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent salary, good friends, a very stable company. Big on training, 5s, lean manufacturing, etc.

    Cons

    Management is slow to react to needs, below average salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more proactive and more flexible, realize the talents you have on all levels, not just your "chosen few".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Changing Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good for entry level engineers, you're tossed right into the thick of it and will gain experience right away.
    Up to date on engineering technology and regular hardware upgrades have occurred in recent years.

    Cons

    The fun/family atmosphere left with the previous owners. Salaries are low and difficult to get increased. There is a huge disconnect between upper management and the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was nice to see the CEO, president, and partners walk around the facilities and get involved with employees when privately owned. I have only seen the current CEO once in a hallway and have never seen the current president.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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